New Advice: Consider Leaving an IRA to a Special Needs Trust.

Special Needs Trust Beneficiary of IRA

The SECURE Act, passed at the end of 2019, changed a number of rules regarding inherited IRAs, making it more difficult for most beneficiaries to save on taxes by “stretching” distributions over many years. (Read our post, SECURE Act Increases Tax Read More …

New Tax Proposals Mean Some Should Review Their Estate Plans

Changes to Inheritance Taxes

A number of tax proposals being considered in Congress could significantly affect gifting and estate plans for those with larger estates — over $3.5 million. If you’re in that category, you might want to meet with your estate planner to take Read More …

Protecting Your House from Medicaid Estate Recovery

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After a Medicaid recipient dies, the state must attempt to recoup from his or her estate whatever benefits it paid for the recipient’s care. This is called “estate recovery.” For most Medicaid recipients, their house is the only asset available, Read More …

Can You Name Minors as Your Beneficiaries?

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Most people want to pass their assets to their children or grandchildren, so should you name a minor as your beneficiary? No. Naming a minor as a beneficiary can have unintended consequences. It is important to make a plan that Read More …

Senators Propose Sweeping Changes to the Taxation of Estates and Inherited Gains

Inheritance Tax Changes

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders (D) has introduced legislation that would require more estates to pay estate tax and that raises the amounts they would pay. Another proposed law would eliminate the step-up in basis that inherited assets currently enjoy. Taken Read More …

Will the New Administration Change Estate Tax or Stepped-Up Basis Rule?

Avoid Estate Tax with Local Estate Planning Attorney

While it remains unclear exactly what tax changes President Biden’s administration will usher in, a new administration usually means that tax code changes are coming.  Two possibilities are that the new administration will propose lowering the estate tax exemption and Read More …

Theft from Special Needs Trust. Consider Using a Professional Trustee.

Special Needs Trust Attorney Keeps Theft from Happening

A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing $330,000 from the special needs trust (SNT) of a man living in a long-term care facility.  The case highlights the importance of having a professional trustee manage a special needs trust. Read More …

Prepare for Medicaid with These Estate Planning Tips

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Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper long-term care planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. Long-term care can Read More …

Update Your Estate Plan when Moving to a New State.

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If you’re planning to move to another state, tell your estate planning attorney. There are a number of components making up your estate planning and long-term care planning that could be effected. Previous posts: Does My Living Will, or Advance Read More …

Maximize Life Insurance as an Estate Planning Tool

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Life insurance can play a few key roles in an estate plan, depending on your age and situation in life. Because life insurance passes outside of probate, it can also provide heirs needed funds more quickly than assets passing through Read More …